Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens

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Product Highlights
  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds Standard
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv: 28-84mm)
  • 3.0" 1,036k-dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 1,440k-dot OLED Live View Finder
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
  • 7 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Light Speed Autofocus System

The Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens from Panasonic is a high performance Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera with a 16.05MP Live MOS sensor and the Venus Engine image processor. Together they provide high resolution, low-noise images and Full HD 1080p video with fast autofocus and impressive low-light capability. Low-light Autofocus allows you to quickly set focus even in dim light and a wide ISO range extends to 25600 offering sharp imaging in low light. The DMC-G6 is bundled with a the Lumix 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens with a 28-84mm equivalency in the 35mm format and optical image stabilization.

With both a 3.0” Touchscreen Tilt LCD monitor and a bright 1,440k-dot OLED Electronic View Finder you can compose your images in a manner that suits your style or shooting situation. The EVF offers 100% field of view, accurate color reproduction and minimal lag time. The tilt screen LCD offers a large viewing area and the ability to compose your shot from various angles. Its touchscreen capability provides shutter control and touch autofocus and auto exposure simply by tapping the LCD. An eye sensor recognizes that you have placed your eye to the View Finder and switches between EVF and LCD automatically. The sensor provides three sensitivity levels to avoid errant switching.

Full HD 1080p video at 60 fps is provided in both AVCHD format and in MP4 format for playback without conversion. Touch AF is supported in video mode and allows you to adjust focus while recording with just a tap on the LCD. In addition, video can be recorded and cinema-like 24 fps and with P/A/S/M manual control you can create videos with professional flourish.

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with Near Field Communication (NFC) allows for instant transfer of your images to a computer, smart phone or tablet. NFC lets you connect your smart phone to your camera simply bring them together which significantly simplifies the process and with the free Panasonic Image App you are able to use your device as a remote control and monitor, upload directly to social media sites, playback wirelessly on compliant TV's and sync and store your image in the cloud.

The DMC-G6 provides full manual control and numerous assistive features in its iA (Intelligent Auto) mode and incorporates many creative tools such as Creative Control mode for adding filter effects, Creative Panorama, Stop Motion Animation, Time lapse mode, and Clear Retouch, which allows you to remove unwanted aspects from your photos.

The Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens that is included with the G6 is an ideal day-to-day lens with a zoom range equivalent to 24-84mm in the 35mm format. With MEGA Optical Image Stabilization you can shoot blur-free images even in low light situations, and its inner focus system with stepping motor provides smooth, silent and accurate autofocus. An aspherical lens element minimizes aberrations and lens multi-coating reduces the reflections that can cause ghosting and flares.

16.05MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
The combination of 16.05MP sensor and Venus Engine image processor brings with it advanced noise reduction, smooth sharp imaging and detailed reproduction. The advanced Intelligent D-range Control ensures beautiful gradation with wide dynamic range.
OLED Live View Finder
The large, bright 1,440k-dot OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) LVF (Live View Finder) with approximately 100% field of view in 4:3 aspect boasts excellent color reproduction and high contrast for outstanding visibility. The display time lag is minimal and the image output between the LVF and the rear monitor is switched automatically by the eye sensor on the LVF, which features options of sensitivity - high, low and off - to reduce false operation during touching of the rear monitor.
3.0" 1,036k-dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
The LCD monitor on the DMC-G6 is bright, covers 100% field of view and offers saturation, brightness and contrast adjustment. Able to tilt and swivel, the LCD allows you to compose from any angle and adjust for glare. With touchscreen capability, you are able to focus, establish exposure, release the shutter and scroll through menus with simple taps and gestures.
1080p Full HD Video Recording in AVCHD and MP4
The DMC-G6 records smooth, high-resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. The DMC-G6 also supports 1080/24p native mode with 24 Mbps in AVCHD format bringing impressive afterimage to the footage. Full HD 1080 60p video can also be recorded in MP4 at 28 Mbps, to play it back directly on your computer or other portable electronic device without the need of conversion. A dedicated video button is provided to immediately start shooting video from any mode and still images (at 12MP) can be taken during video recording without interrupting the video.
High Quality Stereo Sound
High quality sound is recorded in Dolby Digital two-channel format including 19-step adjustable audio input levels and a Wind Cut function to block out most of the noise from background wind. In addition to the built-in stereo microphone, the DMC-G6 is equipped with a 3.5mm terminal for an external microphone.
Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
With NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, you can connect the camera with a smartphone or tablet by just bringing them together. The Wi-Fi setup is extremely easy and finishes within a few seconds, making it possible to pair the camera directly to the device without connection procedure of information input for authorization. With Wi-Fi connectivity you can instantly transfer images to your smartphone the free Panasonic Image App lets you perform multiple wireless tasks, including remote shooting and viewing from your smartphone, direct sharing to social media sites, geotagging, real time broadcasting and Cloud Sync storage of images across compliant devices.
Compatible Lenses
The DMC-G6 is compatible with the full line of Lumix G and Leica DG lenses providing you with a lens to match your shooting needs. From wide-angle primes to telephoto zoom lenses and even the new Lumix G 12.5mm f/12 3D lens, you can tailor your entire kit around the G6 and the Lumix lens system.
Contrast AF System
Contrast Autofocus provides the DMC-G6 with fast and accurate autofocus and offers a variety of AF modes including Pinpoint AF, 1-area AF (Flexible Scale), Multi-area AF (23-area), AF Tracking and Face Detection AF. The AFF (AF Flexible) mode locks on the focus when the shutter button is half-pressed, however, if the subject moves, the focusing is reset to get accurate results. The Focus Peaking Function works in manual- or autofocus modes and displays a blue highlight on the subject in focus.
Low Light Autofocus
The Low Light AF in DMC-G6 sets focus precisely and quickly in low light situations, even without the AF assist lamp. Combined with the Full-area Touch AF, it is possible to set focus on any point in the field of view.
Light Speed AF and Burst Shooting
The DMC-G6 features high-speed Light Speed AF, making it possible to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. It provides high speed burst shooting at 7 fps in 16.05MP full resolution and a maximum of 40 fps using the electronic shutter. Also, AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting to capture moving subjects in sharp focus at 5 fps in one-area focusing mode.
Touch AF and Touch AE
With the Full-area Touch AF, it is possible to set focus on any point in the field of view with a simple tap on the LCD. In video mode, you have rack-style focus that can adjust focus during recording with a sensitive touch. In addition, the newly adopted Touch AE (Auto Exposure) function allows setting focus and exposure at a single touch on the subject displayed on the monitor.
Wide ISO Range and Extended ISO
The combination of the Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves ISO 12800 (Auto) and maximum of ISO 25600 in Extended Mode. Images shot in low-lit situations are clear with sharp resolution and minimal noise.
Intelligent Auto Mode and iA Plus Mode
iA (Intelligent Auto) mode allows taking beautiful pictures with a variety of assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control. The Intelligent Scene Selector now integrates Food Recognition mode. It detects food on the dish and captures it to look delicious. The iA Plus mode lets you adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.
Scene Guide
The Scene Guide offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. You can choose the one closest to the situation you are going to shoot and optimum camera settings for shooting that scene will be automatically set. Furthermore, shooting procedure, technical advice and recommended interchangeable lens for that scene can be shown to help you learn. The Scene Guides are Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape, Glittering Illuminations, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, Monochrome
Manual Exposure Control
The DMC-G6 offers complete manual exposure control in Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and Full Manual modes.
Sophisticated Design
The handsome, compact design of the DMC-G6 provides a comfortable grip with easy access to control buttons and dials. A newly added function lever allows direct adjustment of selected functions (zoom with power zoom lenses and exposure or aperture control in manual mode), magnification in playback mode and page flip in menu. You can customize a total of seven function buttons by allotting to them a function you use often. In the Custom Mode, a total of four custom setting patterns can be memorized to the camera.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
With HDR several still images consecutively shot at different exposure levels are overlaid to produce a single well-balanced composite picture without over-exposure or under-exposure.
Built-in Flash
The DMC-G6's built-in flash has a light intensity equivalent to GN 8.3 (ISO 100)/ GN 10.5 (ISO 160), and you can adjust the intensity within a range of ±EV 2 in 1/3 EV steps. It also lets you use 1st curtain sync. flash and 2nd curtain sync. flash to capture nightscapes with a natural flow of light.
Dust Reduction System
Vibrating vertically around 80,000 times per second, a Supersonic Wave Filter repels dust and other particles and protects the image sensor.
Creative Control and Creative Panorama
The Creative Control mode allows you to add creative post-processing effects in-camera and has been upgraded to include 19 filter options including Old Days, Sunshine, Bleach Bypass, Toy Pop and Fantasy mode. Effect parameters of each mode are adjustable. With the new Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image and adjust it by using 15 filter effects of Creative Control. The Creative Control Filters in Still mode are Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, Sunshine
Clear Retouch
Clear Retouch makes it possible to erase unwanted objects or figures in an image by just tracing over them on the monitor with your fingertip. They disappear without destroying the image.
Time Lapse Shooting
Time Lapse mode allows you to leave the camera stationary and record subjects such as flowers coming into bloom or an approaching storm cloud. The series of images can be combined in-camera to produce a time lapse video.
Stop Motion Animation
The new Stop Motion Animation function enables producing a stop motion (stop frame) video with pictures that are shot sequentially shot while slightly moving the subjects. This effect makes the object appear as if it is moving by itself.
Playback Modes
Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/ Picture/Video/3D Play/Category/Favorite), Location Logging, Clear Retouch, Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Time Lapse Video, Stop Motion Video, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
Languages Supported
English and Spanish
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 II Asph./MEGA O.I.S. Lens
Included with the DMC-G6 is the Lumix G 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens. With a 35mm focal length equivalent of 28-84mm, this lens provides wide-angle to short telephoto coverage and is an ideal lens for everyday shooting. MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) compensates for camera shake and provides clear, blur-free images even in low light and other slow shutter speed situations. With an inner focus system and stepping motor the lens supports continuous focus in both still and video modes and remains smooth and silent during autofocus. One aspherical lens element minimizes aberrations while lens multi-coating minimizes reflections that cause flares and ghosting.
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 18.31 Megapixel
Effective: 16.05 Megapixel
Max Resolution 4608 x 3456
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13.0 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC+, Dolby Digital 2ch
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization None
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 75 Minutes
Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 23
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Pixel Count 1,440,000
Viewfinder Eye Point 17.5 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.4x
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +4 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting Touchscreen LCD (1,036,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160-12800 (High Sensitivity Mode: 25600-)
Shutter Type: Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 1/4000 seconds in Manual Mode
Type: Mechanical
Speed: 120 - 1/4000 seconds in Bulb Mode
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 18.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Cool White, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Kelvin, Neutral White, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 7 fps at 16.01 MP for up to 9 frames
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Off
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 27.23' (8.3 m) ISO100 
34.45' (10.5 m) ISO160 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 sec
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Start-up Time 0.5 Seconds
Continuous Shooting Up to 40 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Custom: 0-10 sec
Number of Shots: 0-3
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
2.5mm Sub-mini (3-Ring)
AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1x DMW-BLC12E  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1200mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 3.3 x 2.8" / 12.2 x 8.4 x 7.1 cm excluding protrusions
Weight 11.99 oz / 340 g body only, without battery and card
Kit Lens
Focal Length 14 - 42 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Angle of View 75° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (.2 m)
Magnification 0.16x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
Elements/Groups 9/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread Front:46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.20 x 1.93" (56 x 49 mm)
Weight 3.88 oz (110 g)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens
  • Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. Lens
  • DMW-BLC12 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (7.2V, 1200mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2 PE Software
  • SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE Software
  • LoiLoScope (trial version) Software
  • USB Driver Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • Included Free

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    PanasonicLumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 43 reviews)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (38)
    • Easy to use (33)
    • Compact (31)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (31)
    • Large clear LCD (28)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (10)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (30)
    • Travel (30)
    • Video (27)
    • Landscape/scenery (24)
    • Weddings (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (25), Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Plastic but wonderful

    Some times a device is more than the sum of its parts and this is how I would classify the G6. I've owned multiple Micro Four Thirds cameras (EP1, GF1, EPL1 and the...Read complete review

    Some times a device is more than the sum of its parts and this is how I would classify the G6. I've owned multiple Micro Four Thirds cameras (EP1, GF1, EPL1 and the GH2) and for me the G6 has been the best for anyone who wants a cost effective system for stills and video. Though you don't get the higher rate recording options of the GH3 or the "hacked" GH2 systems, it is still of very high quality. You also gain some useful things such as focus peaking which has made manual focus with my old Nikon lenses routinely simply to do reliably. The body actually handles nicely and Panasonic does a great job of allowing customization of buttons for quick and simple operation. I was delighted to see the extra tele conversion mode for video at this price point.

    The stills capability has actually made me consider whether I truly need to keep my Nikon APS-C camera systems. It isn't better than my D7000 or D3200 but it certainly holds its own and likely sufficient. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for a senior portrait shoot.

    The thing that has me carrying the G6 every day however is that its just a lot of fun. The ability to shoot time lapse and stop motion has been a total riot to play with. The silent electronic shutter option has also been amazingly nice when I'm shooting in quiet locations such as Church functions.

    The wifi function is fun to play with but I haven't found it as seamless or simple as my Eye-Fi card for transferring photos to devices. On the other hand once you have a device paired up with it the ability to remotely control the camera is quite amazing and has a lot of potential for creative use. I do wish that my IOS devices had NFC capability but that's Apple's issue, not the camera. I find my best luck in using the wifi capabilities is with my Android systems.

    The body is light and fits nicely into my grip. I do find that I fumble with the buttons when shooting in dark locations. That aside I find the controls easy to use and responsive; more so in my opinion than my GH2.

    All in all, for the price the G6 represents a value well above its pay grade. It won't amazing those expecting D800 stills, nor the hard core video people who want 72 mbps video files but for everyone else it represents a superb multimedia tool.

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    I found the buttons too small and cramped. Thus the body was not comfortable to use.

    I found the buttons too small and cramped. Thus the body was not comfortable to use.

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    4.0

    GH2 contender

    By J-Rod

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

    I wanted to purchase a used GH2 but couldn't trust any of the sellers so I bought this G6 and I'm very pleased. Images are sharp, video capabilities are excellent, and it is crazy light and easy to store. The only downside is its performance at ISO's over 800 (there is some grain) but it performs admirably.

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    5.0

    Can't Say Enough About This Gem

    By JackC

    from Jackson, MS

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Pro Features
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

      First of all, it's small, plastic, cheap feeling. But that's the reason you can afford it.
      Inside is another story. VROOOOM! 1080 60p, Focus Peeking.. yeah! And it has a couple (actually useful) extras, like Panoramic and Stop Motion. Throw some good (none kit) glass on this thing and there's not much you can't do!
      I own a couple GH2 cameras and a GH4. I have absolutely NO problem throwing this thing in the mix and use it all of the time.
      THIS is the camera body I recommend to all of my friends who are just wanting to dabble in video/photo but aren't terrible serious or want to spend lots of money. It's always in my camera bag.

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      4.0

      A GOOD PURCHASE

      By SCPD Alan

      from Palm Desert, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great touch screen
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

        IN THE SHORT TIME I HAVE HAD WITH THIS CAMERA I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE SIZE, WEIGHT AND FUNCTIONALITY. I WILL USE IT MOSTLY FOR TRAVEL AND THE COMPACT DESIGN WILL WORK WELL. I LOVE THE TOUCH SCREEN AND THE VERY BRIGHT VIEWFINDER. I HAVE OWNED A NUMBER OF PANASONIC CAMERAS AND HAVE FOUND THEM VERY RELIABLE WITH WELL THOUGHT OUT DESIGNS. I AM SURE I WILL ENJOY USING THE G6.

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        4.0

        Great little camera

        By Jazzi's dad

        from Yucaipa, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact
        • Very Usable E-viewfinder

        Cons

        • Focus Occasionally Off

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

        I bought this camera as an upgrade from a Canon G11, because I wanted more flexibility, and the ability to use telephoto lenses, but I didn't want the bulk of a full size DSLR. This fits the bill perfectly for me. It is fairly lightweight, but solidly built. It takes great photos. And is fairly easy to use. I have had it for about 3 months or so, and am still learning new things about it. Using the burst mode, and pairing it with the Lumix 45-200 mm telephoto zoom lens, I was able to get some great sequences of pelicans diving for their food at the seashore. Good color rendition. The manual focus mode takes a little getting used to, if you are shooting live rather than from a tripod--I'm still learning how to use that. I use the electronic viewfinder for nearly all of my photos, rather than the display on the back, and find it very satisfactory for that purpose. The only weak spot I have found in it so far, is that if you are shooting movies, sometimes the focus can be erratic, and go blurry and then refocus in the middle of a movie clip. There is probably a way around that, but haven't mastered it yet. The autofocus on still shots is pretty fast, and works well fairly consistently. There is little to no shutter lag, when you push the shutter button. I am very happy with my upgrade, in terms of increased functionality, without a big increase in weight.

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        4.0

        Worth every Penny!!!

        By IslandStylee04

        from IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Limited Zoom
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

        Easy to Use and still extremely flexible.

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        5.0

        Top Shelf Video for Under a Grand

        By DCBF

        from Canada

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

          Bought this to be a b-cam for my GH4. This thing really shocked me in terms of how close it comes to the GH4. It is a very capable video camera that only has a couple small drawbacks: 1) you cannot get a feed via HDMI so you are stuck with AVCHD; 2) Changing the memory card is a pain as it is in the same compartment as the battery and 3) no cine-like D or V settings to match the GH4. You can dial in the custom picture setting though, so that last one isn't a biggie.

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          5.0

          Excellent choice

          By K. Rouane

          from Montreal, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

            I'm a video guy (Panasonic TM700 and TM900)... but I love taking photos too...
            I was searching for a camera that can do both, lightweight, and with no compromise.

            The G6 was the perfect answer.

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            4.0

            Little Beast of a Video Camera

            By Benjamin Filmmaker

            from Sherbrooke, Qc. Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

              I bought the G6 for video, having heard it had very decent performances. And it does. Image quality is very good for the price. Sharp, detailed, decent colors and low light (definitely improved over GH2). Choice of 108060p, mov or avchd, adjustable sound levels with meters if you wish to use an external mic to record very good sound, good lcd and viewfinder is very useful, improved wider hand grip area, wi-fi monitoring and camera control, same batteries as GH2, plus a bunch of other elements making it a great low budget camera with a ton of video features. It shoots decent stills as well!

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              5.0

              Excellent camera

              By prouan

              from buenos aires, arg

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

              excelent bridge camera.

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              5.0

              Good All-rounder!

              By The Hep

              from New Zealand

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                Very Versatile!
                Very good photo AND Video capabilites

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                4.0

                Great Camera for Price, One big drawback

                By JET

                from Oregon

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                So far, I love this camera. I did some side by side comparison shooting with my GH2 and the footage is noticeably better. It is sharper, has better color, especially when using old nikkon glass that tends to be washed out with the gh2, the focus peaking is amazing, and the screen is really nice.
                There are some drawbacks, though. The biggest is no live feed, hdmi out. That was a dealbreaker as far as trying to sell my gh2 and run with two g6's. The sd card is inside next to the battery, which is inconvenient. There are a lot less dial options as well.
                Overall, for the price, I don't think there is anything better out there for video.

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                5.0

                Very good, very versatile, very friendly

                By Postman Pat

                from Wellington, New Zealand

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Pretty Good Battery Life
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Occasional Software Probs

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                Great articulating touch-screen. Very nice EVF.
                Very responsive. Loads of options! Good Video.
                Feels very nice in hand. Twin Lens kit very nice.
                Very Occasional software 'glitches'- such touch-screen loosing its "touch" capability- but resolves after turning camera off/on.
                Camera and lenses about 3/4 size and weight of many SLRs- so a lot more portable!

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                4.0

                1st attempt at mirrorless photography

                By Mem

                from North Carolina

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • A little confusing

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                This is my first attempt at mirror less photography and I am very impressed. The images from this camera are sharp and full of detail. The weight is excellent and it is easy to carry along as I hike.
                The directions in my opinion are a little hard to understand if you aren't used to camera lingo and it could be organized a bit better but overall I am pleased with the purchase.

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                5.0

                Great camera in a small package

                By Setter Dog

                from Orange County, CA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Short Lag Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                  I shoot jpeg only and this camera does the job straight out of the camera. Stills are as good as those from my Canon DSLR, and video is as good as I can imagine video being. Super camera all the way around. Excellent EVF.

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                  5.0

                  Wonderful camera

                  By Matt Beglinger

                  from Waukee, IA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Poor Flash

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                  This is my first "real" camera -- I had done a ton of research and was originally leaning toward a Canon DSLR but I wasn't too keen on the size and weight. I then was leaning toward something in the Sony NEX lineup but felt that the Micro Four Thirds system was the best for me... a compact camera system with many lenses to choose from and known for producing some great photos -- also because so many cameras (Olympus and Panasonic) are based on Micro Four Thirds, I feel there's a sizable following and as a result lots of insight/support and products (lenses, etc) that can be purchased. The tipping point was this camera body specifically that was more suited for video with the external microphone input and great video options. The other feature that really set it ahead was the articulating screen that would allow me to see myself while doing self portraits or a video of myself for my blog.

                  Now that I've had the camera for a little over a week, I can say that I'm really happy with this camera. It's got full manual controls (and the auto settings are quite good if you're not feeling like going the manual route), respectably accurate and fast auto focus, and great build quality. It works extremely well in any condition. The kit lens is actually quite good, although one area is does suffer a bit is in low light conditions. Because of this I have my eye on the 20mm F/1.7 prime lens. Also, I find with the kit lens I'm not able to get the narrow depth of field I'd like so getting a prime or telephoto (depending on distance from subject of course) will allow for a more narrow depth of field. For a telephoto lens I'm looking at the Panasonic Lumix G 45-200mm f4-5.6, which gets great reviews and is in my price range.

                  I've snapped a few hundred photos so far, and always find it to be a pleasure to use the camera. The camera body is very comfortable to use and the included strap works great. The flash is absolutely horrid, so don't plan on using it (it's a very yellow light and doesn't seem to fill the whole frame when when close to a subject). Either rely on natural light or use a fill/strobe.

                  When set on manual, it has a nice built in on screen exposure meter that helps you to be sure that you're photo won't be over or under exposed. It works quite well. With the kit lens, what I do it set it the ISO to 800 for indoors or 400 for outdoors, open my aperture as much as possible, and then only adjust the shutter speed depending on current light conditions and this seems to work well. At ISO 800 I see no grain at all even when viewing at 1:1 on my computer. I was hoping that I could go down to the base ISO of 160 but that seems to require a long shutter speed in most of my lighting conditions (1+ seconds). Since I'm new to all this, I'm not sure if that's normal and to be expected or whether I'm doing something wrong. I'm hoping with the prime lens at F/1.7 that I can drop the ISO and still have quick shutter speeds. We shall see.

                  If you feel this camera is for you but you're on the fence because it's not a Canon or Nikon, just go for it. If you're looking for a great compact camera this might just be your ticket -- it's much smaller than your standard DSLR yet has no compromises. The smaller sensor (than the ASPC's you see in Canons/etc) is actually a benefit in many ways as it allows for the lens and subsequently everything else to be smaller. Versus a 35mm camera, it has a crop factor of 2x, meaning that if you have a 100mm lens on the camera it'll appear just like a 200mm on a 35mm camera. Essentially, it allows for your lenses to be half the focal length of an equivalent 35mm lens while still achieving the same zoom/size of your subject in your frame.

                  Even though larger is generally considered better when it comes to lenses, the sensor is still very good -- it captures awesome shots when compared with traditional DSLRs like Canons. And keep in mind, yes it is a smaller sensor but it's still a large sensor per se. I hate to make the comparison with an iPhone, but the sensor is 14.5X size the of the iPhone 5's (15.5mm vs 225mm) -- and we've all seen the awesome shots people manage to take with an iPhone. So I wouldn't get too hung up about sensor size, just know this camera is capable of taking awesome photos.

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                  4.0

                  There's a new game in town!

                  By LorneR

                  from Green Bay, WI

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High Tech
                  • Lots of features
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Feels A Little Plasticy

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                  I bought this camera because it offers newer technology and more video control than my DSLR. You will not get features like silent shutter, peaking (focus aid), audio level indicator, histograms, level gauge, and aspect ratio choices in most DSLR's in this price range. There are also more programable function buttons than the DSLR competition.

                  The camera is surprisingly small, which is good for my arthritic old hands. It is also very inconspicuous for street photography. It is lighter, easier to carry, and doesn't need a large camera bag. The battery/card door feels a little weak, and the lock doesn't inspire confidence. That being said, overall the build quality is decent, although it does feel a little plasticy.

                  The sensor is from the older GH2, but the processing engine is new. It is a smaller sensor than the APS-C, so you will loose some low light performance, and you will not be able to get as shallow depth-of-field for bokeh. However, if you move up from point-and-shoots, you will gain low light and bokeh. The Electronic View Finder takes getting used to, but loosing the mirror is actually a good thing. If you like shooting in live view, you want a mirrorless camera. The focus is acceptably quick for a camera in this price range.

                  The touch screen works well but you can opt to turn it off and use the buttons. There are filters and effects to liven up your photos, or full manual control to do it yourself.

                  As far as the kit lens goes, it's just a kit lens with a plastic mount so don't expect too much; it will suffice until I get new lenses. I do like the focus ring and the camera's ability to allow a fine touch manual tweak after auto focus. Combine it with peaking and you'll have the sharpest focus.

                  In getting a new camera, you must be ready to update your programs or even get a new computer. At first I could not get iPhoto, iMovie, CS5 Camera Raw or Final Cut Express to open files. After installing the new Maverick OS, and new versions of iPhoto and iMovie, it read them just fine. However, Final Cut Express is just too old for AVCHD Progressive, and I have not resolved the Camera Raw issue yet; and I cannot afford CS6 update. Large capacity, fast SDHC or SDXC cards are a must.

                  I bought this camera for its video capabilities. I wanted a larger sensor than a camcorder, and the ability to use MFT lenses. I do not ask or expect it to compete with the GH3. There are plenty of choices for frame rate, but the one thing this camera won't do is allow uncompressed video to be recorded via HDMI. I would love to see Panasonic allow their cameras to record in Pro Res, DVCHD Pro or MPEG-2 HD codec.

                  Overall, this camera is a good value for the price. The G6 offers just about everything you would need or want. To describe myself, I have an AD in Digital Media, and I am an aspiring videographer on a budget.

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera!

                  By Foto

                  from Ohio

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                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                    Was very skeptical about buying a Four Thirds Digital Camera since all I have used is a Nikon SLR or DSLR camera but I'm glad I did! This is a sweet camera with many options, lightweight, and great output. Still have my Nikon DSLR but haven't used it since I bought the Lumix.

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                    4.0

                    good value

                    By Carlos Jr.

                    from Los Angeles

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                    Pros

                    • Fast

                    Cons

                    • Some Parts Feel Cheap

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                      The rear control wheel is pretty plasticky, makes the rest of the camera feel cheap. And the power zoom lever next to the shutter button is pretty easy to bump, accidentally changing exposure comp when used in a priority mode. The focus-peaking functionality was a huge letdown; Fuji does a much better job.

                      Other than that, the camera is great. The tilty-flippy screen is handy, and the camera handles really fast. Burst mode is quick, and the grip is one of the most comfortable I've ever used.

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                      4.0

                      This camera works for me

                      By BillNYC

                      from New York City

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                        I upgraded from a Lumix - G2. This camera delivers the goods. I primarily shoot with a Panasonic 20mm lens. The camera is compact but not small. Its light enough to carry around all day long without ever noticing it there. It's a perfect camera to take on a vacation or a days walk around the city. So far I'm very happy with low light performance.
                        I put an old Leica 28mm on it and the image looked like you'd expect a Leica lens to perform - sharp with great tonal separation. This wasn't the case on the G2.
                        For the price point this is the Mirrorless camera you should give serious consideration.

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                        5.0

                        Very Capable

                        By Bowbender

                        from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens:

                          Tough to find a camera with the still and video capabilities the G6 has for similar $. A big plus in the mirrorless world for me when taking pics of wild animals is the ability to cut out shutter noise.

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